Feeling The Force: Life Creates it, Makes it Grow

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For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. – Yoda to Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time. Read more

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Leia | “You’ve Always Been Strong”

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“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia

“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”

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“The Bridge” Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.

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Jyn Erso: The New Han Solo?

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Has the Star Wars universe become overly feminized or could it be that a portion of our fandom is just not in-touch with their feminine side of the force? Or maybe we’re just not asking the right question. Perhaps the correct question would be: what’s wrong with a female leading the charge? It’s a straightforward question. No hidden agenda so don’t go looking for one or assume that there is one. So again, what’s wrong with it? Or better yet, what’s wrong with the question? Ok I’ll admit, I’m being a bit pretentious or rather, rebellious.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.”- Jyn Erso

Can’t even put into words how this dialogue moved me! Seriously, my lips curled up like the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and I’m definitely ok with that, ha! Let me just also add, that we got more dialogue in the Rogue One trailer than we did in the first two trailers for The Force Awakens! That’s saying a lot. Ok, that’s a poorly used pun, but you get my meaning.

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Vader’s Shadow: A Curse of Concealment

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With the recent embargo [from advanced copies being distributed] of ‘Star Wars: Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray, and all the built-up hype surrounding it, I can’t help myself but to be swept-up in it too.

This upcoming novel holds so much promise when it comes to plot-holes or gaps where the Skywalker lineage is concerned. Even Claudia Gray told USA Today that, “In this book we find out just how far Vader’s shadow falls.” So, as an ‘Anakin Apologist’ and a huge Vader fan, my anticipation of what ‘key elements’ this story may or may not include is barely containable.

So, for the sake of creative thinking and to hopefully spark some innovative discussion, let’s explore Vader’s “shroud of darkness” aka shadow.

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The Galaxy’s Only Hope

Original Design by Scott Bratek
Original Design by Scott Bratek

“I’m hoping Lor San Tekka knows where to find my brother, Poe. And Luke Skywalker may be the only hope we have left.”- General Leia Organa, ‘Before the Awakening’

Lor San Tekka and Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Source: starwars.wikia.com
Lor San Tekka and Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Photo Source: starwars.wikia.com

In the past 38 years between A New Hope and The Force Awakens, the former Princess Leia, now dubbed General Organa, has found herself right back where she started, searching for her Only Hope. Granted, in A New Hope we are led to believe that Ben Kenobi is the only hope she is looking for, when in fact, it is Luke Skywalker. It’s always been him. They were separated in order to remain safe, safely anonymous and in time, when it was right, they were to be reunited. The force is a calling and when it calls, you cannot deny your destiny or that which is your family, especially if you happen to be a Skywalker.

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Check out Tarkin’s Top Shelf — A New Star Wars Literary Podcast

Do you like the Star Wars literary universe? Do you follow the new canonical storyline of the galaxy far, far away? If so, then you’ll want to tune in and subscribe to: Tarkin’s Top Shelf Podcast!

Tarkin's Top Shelf -- Logo Design by: Jeremy (JMIAH) Williamson
Tarkin’s Top Shelf — Logo Design by: Jeremy (JMIAH) Williamson

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The Light – It’s Always Been There

Becca's Chava ChatAs Maz Kanata so eloquently stated, the light – it’s always been there, so has Star Wars. For as long as I can remember, Star Wars, like the light or the force, has had a hand in guiding and shaping my life. And thankfully, up to this very day, it still does. Read more

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Every Generation Has A Story

Becca's Chava ChatBy now, we have seen at least five or six different versions or trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the countdown to the actual ‘premier day,’ is less than a month away! To say that I’m excited, well, that’s more of an understatement at best.

… “Sure you’re up for this?”– Han Solo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Photo Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Spot
Photo Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Spot

That’s a good question. Am I? Oh, I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. Be honest, who else felt as if Han was directing this towards the viewer, us, not just Finn? And yes, anyone who has a blog for a website or a podcast about Star Wars has already discussed or analyzed the topic on ‘how to prepare’ for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that’s not what this next edition of ‘Becca’s Chava Chat’ is about.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dharma of Star Wars

BOOK REVIEW:

The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin
The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin

THE DHARMA OF STAR WARS

By Matthew Bortolin

Synopsis:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … Yoda was a Zen Master?

The Dharma is the Buddhist tutelage that guides you throughout the truisms of life’s realisms. Basically, it’s a compass that directs you along the path towards the truth of reality, in other words, real life.

Now combine that belief with George Lucas’s stories of the Hero’s Journey from Star Wars and ascend, all over again, across the stars of a galaxy far, far away in a whole new light.  An enriching and enlightening take on the holy saga, from A New Hope and through the darkness of Revenge of the Sith; a periscope view from a spiritual standpoint.

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OUR STAR WARS MOMENT: JUST LET IT IN

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Just shy of a day and a half, approximately 34 hours time, we had a plethora of new Star Wars imagery to explode our wildest of geeked-out imaginations. As if the Official Movie Poster reveal wasn’t enough, we now have words, actual phrases, to pair with our newest Star Wars characters. Those snippets of dialogue are momentous to every Star Wars fan worldwide. In fact, the impact they’ve made in just this short amount of time has been a fan-moment in the making, for over thirty-some years. And yes, the force is indeed, calling …

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